Manufacturer of sliding table saws and edgebanders Altendorf has been awarded the World Technology Leader Award (WTLA), in addition to a third place in the public online voting placed ahead of global corporations such as Apple, Samsonite and Jabra.
The WTLA and the inquiry and voting process are organised by Diana Research, a market intelligence and research company based in Singapore that specialised in the identification and analyses of leading companies worldwide.
Altendorf was nominated for its HAND GUARD system, a certified and artificial intelligence (AI)-controlled safety assistance system for sliding table saws.
When a hand is detected by the installed cameras and gets too close to the saw blade, it is stopped and driven down in a maximum of a quarter of a second. No damage is done to the sawblade and the system can be operated again after a maximum 10 seconds.
The winners of the WTLA were determined in a public online voting that ended with a new participation record: more than 43,000 votes from more than 80 countries were placed.
With a total of 4,496 votes, the Altendorf Group came in third place behind the company ASML and the joint venture of BMW and Nvidia. Consumer electronics manufacturer Apple landed in fourth place, followed by other well-known brands such as Jabra, Samsonite, Cosco or Sixt.